Thanks to Lida of Gypsy Holler for this story.
Now that their children are grown, Joe and Cindy Cafaro of North Carolina are filling their lives with the special needs of two tiny Dachshunds, rescued from a deplorable situation by Watauga County Animal Control.
Over 100 dogs had been seized from a couple earlier this year when they were charged with 74 counts each of animal cruelty in connection with a puppy mill operation on their premises.
The Cafaros had recently lost their 14-year-old red Dachshund when the raid occurred. They learned that a red Dachshund had been rescued but was not expected to live. Although he pulled through, he has been marked by a harsh life.
Neither dog had ever had a toy of his own. They didn’t know what a doggie treat was and often had gone hungry or thirsty. The only time they were touched by a human was to be moved from cage to cage. Adopting and rehabilitating an abused dog is not for every family. Some, not all, of the dogs have lifetime problems. According to Mrs. Cafaros,
The Cafaros have embraced the challenges of adopting rescue animals with open arms, and have done so for many years. Although they admit it is burdensome at times, the couple adamantly encourages future pet owners to take in rescue animals instead of buying pure breeds.
“If you really have your heart set on a full-blooded breed, then check out the rescues because there are plenty of full-breed rescues and you can have it both ways,” she said.
“So many people want them to have the perfect markings and want perfection, and you are probably going to have to work, but it is worth it. It is the most rewarding thing to watch the gratitude, I can see it on their faces.”
From Mountain Times